New York (HedgeCo.net) – The first independent, two day conference solely focussing on topics related to alternative UCITS products – the UCITS Alternatives Conference 2011 – is taking place on the 19th & 20th of September 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland. The speeches and workshops will cover topics like regulation, risk management, structuring, due diligence but also market outlooks and strategies.
The probably most well-known speaker of the conference is Michael Mabbutt, who in 1998 was a founding partner of Thames River Capital. Although the Global Credit division he headed saw assets grow to over USD 3 billion under management by the end of 2007, he decided to retire after 20 successful years of managing fixed income and credit portfolios. Since 2008 his work has included investment advisory services to a multi-familiy office, assessment of bond and credit teams for a large UK pension fund and more recently, assistance with the credit products at Thames River Capital, one of the most well-known European hedge fund brands. Mabbutt will conduct a workshop titled “There is still money to made in credit” and give investors and fund managers alike the opportunity to gain insight into his market views and discuss with him in person.
Other market views will be discussed by Ajay Jain, Head of Portfolio Engineering at Barclays Capital Fund Solutions, who will talk about tactical asset allocation in challenging markets, a topic more current than ever. Martin Estlander, CEO of Estlander & Partners, discusses the reasons why CTAs were able to deliver returns over decades irrespective of the ups and downs of the underlying market.
In addition more general topics will be debated: Cyril Delamare, CEO of ML Capital, asks whether on-shore funds will replace traditional off-shore hedge funds while Daniel Haefele, CEO of Acolin (an independent fund distributor), will explain how to distribute public UCITS funds – a topic completely new to traditional off-shore managers and fund boutiques as well.
Daniel Flueck from Universal Investment will explain how to develop an investment idea into a unique private label fund, while Laurent Fessmann of Baker & McKenzie is one step ahead of everyone: while UCITS IV is not implemented in all EU countries yet, he will talk about the challenges UCITS V will hold for all industry participants in the future.
Last but not least a panel discussion will show the real risks of UCITS alternative funds as well as differences to off-shore funds from a due diligence perspective. (Agenda)